Thailand-based accelerator programme dtac accelerate announced the 11 startups that have made it into the sixth batch of their programme last week in Bangkok.
Selected out of 25 teams, the startups are set to receive seed funding between THB500,000-THB1.5 million (US$15,000-US$46,000) per team and commercialisation support from dtac and Telenor Group companies in 13 markets that is worth more than THB100 million (US$3 million).
The startups will also participate in an intensive boot camp from May to August, with the final pitch and winner announcement to take place on a demo day event in August.
The finalists were chosen based on the criteria that the accelerator programme is looking for in their participating startups, from creativity, business innovation, and a “new concept lifestyle applications to improve the quality of life of the Thai people.”
In a press statement, dtac accelerate Managing Director Sompoat Chansomboon said that the standard of this batch’s participants is “remarkably improving” particularly in terms of market validation, product-market fit, and growth hacking.
“Most of the startups have team members who are domain experts in the industry and have a good understanding of problems or pain points. For instance, there are many doctors or medical professionals in health tech startups, including Doctor A-Z, whose co-founder is a doctor, while Noburo is co-founded by a financial expert,” Chansomboon said.
“Teams have started to adopt new tools, such as AI and machine learning. Interestingly, more than 50 per cent of founders or co-founders of this year’s startup teams are women, which is significantly higher than previous years,” he added.
The following are the list of the startups:
A travel and transportation startup that helps customers to plan and book all ground transportation combined with flight, activities, and event in Thailand and worldwide.
An artficial intelligence (AI) and business services startup; claimed to be the first chatbot platform that enables businesses to get an AI chatbot with analytics tool “in a minute.”
A travel tech startup that aims to bring the “best fare” from local travel agencies into mobile and provide service though chat channel.
An entertainment tech startup. A platform that helps gamers improve gaming skills by professional players/Udemy courses for game and e-sport.
Event Banana –
A prop-tech startup that provides a platform to allow property owners to rent and promote their under-utilised spaces. It also enables people to find and book the spaces for meetings and events.
A beauty tech startup with a mobile app offering special deals for spa and beauty services.
A health tech startup offering an online platform to connect patients and psychologists via video calls.
Somjai Home Loan
A prop-tech startup that offers a one-stop home loan application service for property developer.
An edtech startup that offers personalised career development platform to help users explore career choices with mentors, set the right career goal, identify and close skill gap and land the right job.
A fintech startup that provides lending-as-a-service platform for businesses to start lending to their customers in a “simple, flexible, and worry-free” way.
A health tech startup that offers a platform to match medical tourists or surgical patients with the most suitable, high quality JCI hospitals and trusted specialist doctors at affordable price.
The dtac accelerate boot camp will feature mentors such as Nir Eyal, whose Hooked Model is behind Facebook and Instagram’s success, and Hai Habot, one of the world’s top OKR experts.
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